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Delightful night of French Rosé in Toronto with The Consul General of France.

From left to right; Liz Palmer, award-winning author and wine journalist, Marc Trouyet,The Consul General of France in Toronto, Georgia and Susanne, The Wine Ladies and guest, Boris Zayachkowski.

From left to right; Liz Palmer, award-winning author and wine journalist, Marc Trouyet,The Consul General of France in Toronto, Georgia and Susanne, The Wine Ladies and guest, Boris Zayachkowski.

International Rosé Day June 22nd, 2018

Its definitely rosé season when one receives a delightful invitation to The Consul General of France’s home in Toronto for a Rosé Tasting Reception. We gladly accepted Mr. Marc Trouyet’s invitation as rosé is enjoying a worldwide revolution and International Rosé Day is just around the corner, June 22nd. It was a lovely opportunity to taste some renowned French wines that are typically not available here in our market. The good news is that these wines are coming here soon! 

Consul General

Consul General Marc Trouyet and Liz Palmer welcome guests as the rose tasting is about to begin.

Consul General Marc Trouyet and Liz Palmer welcome guests as the rose tasting is about to begin.

 Award-winning author and Wine Journalist, Liz Palmer was present to present the rose story and to guide us through a tasting of five different rosé wines. The wines were accompanied by an assortment of delicious freshly-made handcrafted hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Francoise Briet.

This blend of Grenache and Cinsault is beloved for its zippy personality, ripe red berry, raspberry and Provençal tones. It pairs beautifully with smoked salmon.

This blend of Grenache and Cinsault is beloved for its zippy personality, ripe red berry, raspberry and Provençal tones. It pairs beautifully with smoked salmon. 

Always great running into fellow wine and foodie friends! Adam and Sara Waxman founders and publishers of DINE Magazine and Destinations.

Always great running into fellow wine and foodie friends! Adam and Sara Waxman founders and publishers of DINE  and Destinations Magazine.

Chateau Jouclary, Languedoc

Chateau Jouclary, Languedoc.Delicate, airy aromas of white and violet flowers, mixed with notes of currant and exotic fruits.

Villa Riviera, Cotes de Provence

Villa Riviera, Cotes de Provence, Floral and fine bouquet that evolves into fruity aromas of raspberry. Fullness and harmony on the palate. 

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Domaine Pieracci,Gourmet rosé with light and orange color. Fine and long wine in the mouth, with citrus flavors.

Domaine Pieracci,Gourmet rosé with light and orange color. Fine and long wine in the mouth, with citrus flavors.

Coming up on the next The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast. International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay. June 22nd, 2018

On this week’s audio podcast…

Celebrating International #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018

Join the Rosé revolution!

Episode 70

CHCH TV Easter Wine and Food Pairing, with Annette Hamm March 23

Our Easter Wine and Food Pairings The Wine Ladies CHCH TV Morning Live

The Wine Ladies on CHCH TV Morning LIVE with Annette Hamm.

CHCH TV Appearance Easter Wine and Food Pairings.

CHCH TV Appearance Easter Wine and Food Pairings.

Happy Easter Everyone! Watch the episode here!

Original airdate March 23, 2013

 As we know Easter is a time when family and friends get together usually surrounded with some wonderful dishes, and in many cases delicious wines of course.We thought we’d share with everyone a couple of wonderful dishes, our second office…from our office away from the office home Wholefoods Market in Oakville…. always freshest, organic foods, delicious recipes… thank you to France, Chef Ron and the whole crew! Our Good Friday or Sunday Easter brunch to include a Citrus Glazed Salmon with Fresh Herbs, Lamb Shepards Pie topped with mashed potatoes, a selection of cheese and a choice of Vanilla or Chocolate Bunny cakes! What a cornucopia of delicious treats.

With these plates we’ve selected a range of wines, from $12.00 to $20.00, nothing here is over the $20.00 mark, all super value wines, versatile and with an international flair!

Well nothing says celebration like a glass or two of bubbly, from Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine. Its also a wine that is perfect for a table that has a large variety of dishes as it is one that is very versatile and will compliment a bountiful Easter table with many foods and flavours. We found one  doesn’t have to break the bank too.With a nod to our own back yard, we’ve got a sparkling here called Lily CEV Signature Series, by Colio Estate Wines in keeping with the theme of Easter…

Lily CEV Signature Series -Limited Edition wines,VQA sparkling  wine by Colio Estates Wines

Price: $17.95. Can be purchased at the Colio Wine Boutiques ( 14 locations across Ontario, one in Hamilton, two in Burlington) as well as the LCBO store locations.

Tasting/info:100% Riesling, also a very versatile grape variety with notes of fresh apple, lemon and a creamy finis  start the party off right

Winery/Region: Colio estate Wines  first opened their doors in 1980, one of the first to get their winery licence after prohibition. Located in lesser known region of Lake Erie North Shore, in Ontario. The region has the same latitude as Tuscany in Italy.

On Good Friday many folks choose to eat fish for today and we have here a magnificent Citrus Glazed Salmon, marinated in fresh orange and orange zest sauce, then baked and with herbs including parsley and chives.

Our wine pairing for this magnificent dish include a selection of two (2) white wines, the Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Chile, Fielding Estate Winery Riesling 2011  plus for the red wine lover at your Easter table form California, the Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2011.

Here we’ve brought in a super value Sauvignon blanc, we’ve just returned from Chile, and although the country may be long and skinny, it is big and fat on flavour and great value! This Sauvignon Blanc pairs great with this preparation, with notes of juicy grapefruit, fragrant citrus, good acidity with a touch of herbal notes, a natural for the salmon.

Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $14.95. Available at the LCBO

Tasting/info: Sauv Blanc pair great with this preparation, with notes of juicy grapefruit, fragrant citrus, good acidity with a touch of herbal notes,a natural for the salmon.

Winery/Region:Founded in 1880, stunning property in very important Maipo Valley.The grapes from Casablanca region of Chile, one of the finest producing regions in the world for white wines.

Curtis Fielding crowned Grape King

Fielding Estate Riesling 2016

Price: $19.95. Can be purchased at the winery or the LCBO

Tasting/info:Will also pair lovely with the salmon, shares the wonderful citrus notes, a little peach, delicious, also good acidity.We do Riesling really well here, Fiedling is located in Beamsville, Niagara.

Not always white wine with fish…. for the red wine lover, we have a California Pinot Noir from Chateau st. Jean                        

Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir

Price: $19.95, 

Tasting/Info:New California appelation Pinot from this Sonoma based winery.The wine is supple, smooth, slightly soft Pinot with cran-raspberry fruit and dried herbs

Moving onto the next dish, one of the more popular dishes for Easter often involves lamb, whether a leg roasted, rack or like we have here Whole Foods favourite, fresh Lamb Sheperds Pie, sauteed with onions and fresh herbs,thyme parsley, cheese and topped off with a mound of mashed potatoes. Our selection includes a Malbec from Argentina as well as a Carmenere from Chile, having just come back from those regions we are Mad about Malbec in Mendoza and Crazy for Carmenere in Chile.

Our recent trip to Argentina included a trip to Callia in San Juan province. Here vineyard manager Gustavo Matocq explains the terroir that delivers such a beautiful Malbec.

Callia Alta Malbec 2012

Price:$10.90. Available at the LCBO

Tasting/info: Medium bodied, smooth, clear deep ruby colour, blackberry, plum,hints of oak and spice.

Winery/Info: Callia, is located in province of San Juan,Argentina, it is one of the wineries of Salentein Family of Wines with properties in Mendoza. San Juan 2nd largest wine region in Argentina after Mendoza.

 Another awesome wine pairing with the Lamb Shepherds Pie is the “hottest” grape to come from that long and skinny country Chile, the Carmenere. Our pick the MontGras Reserva Carmenere 2011. Our  recent trip to Chile included a visit to MontGras.

MontGras Reserva Carmenere

Price: $11.95 Available at the LCBO.

Tasting/info:The Mont Gras Properties, have vineyards in 3 major Chilian wine regions, this one from Cochagua, known for producing high quality Carmenere and Syrah.The vineyards are protected by         coastal mountain range and Andes, ideal meditteranean climate, rich in color, aroma, taste with soft round tannin. The wine is spicy, medium body, fruity, ripe fruit sweetness,with hint of                               vanilla, and toasty flavours.

And if you are feeling in the mood for something French, back to those mediterrean climate varietals and wines, we have here from the Cotes du Rhones  just released beginning of this month

La Coterie 2009 Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages

Price:$16.95. Available at the LCBO. A Vintage released March 2013.

Tasting/info:From the village of Seguret, grapes grenache and syrah. Medium weight, bodied, with raspberry and blackberry fruit with spicy notes, round on the palate, good length, good fruit,with touch of herbal notes. Great with lamb once again|

 Onto “les fromage….” brought in 3 today, courtesy of cheese spcialist Sandra from Whole Foods Oakville, all Canadian and all very different,Comfort Cream, Blue Haze and a hard grainier cheese the Toscano.

Comfort Cream made in Niagara by the Upper Canada Cheese Company. Camenbert-style soft white bloomy rind cheese with silky creamy golden interior,intense buttery palate, and long tangy finish. Delish with the Wolf Blass Chardonnay

 Wolf Blass Chardonnay, Australia

Price: $15.95. Available at the LCBO.

Tasting/info: Everyone knows Wolf Blass, one of the most successful brands, great value, reliable and excellent with this cheese.Full bodied, rich, tropical fruit, rich with buttery oak aromas,hint of spice, echoes creaminess of the cheese.

A little blue goes great with a little sweet! Icewines are beautiful with this cheese and the Inniskillin Vidal Icewine is an excellent choice.

This is a smoked blue cheese, made from cow’s milk, that is produced by the the monks at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac in Quebec. Blue Haze is aged 10 weeks at the Abbaye then it is shipped to Provincial Fine Foods in Toronto. There it is packaged in Cryovac to set the curds and it is held for 4 weeks to firm. After that, it is transported to Hansen Farms in Cayuga, Ontario for smoking. The journey is worth it. The result is a smokey rind that transitions into a creamy salty and sweet center enhanced by the special tang and flavor of the blue veins. It all comes together so nicely.

Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2011

Price $49.95 Available at the LCBO and at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Tasting Notes/info: The 1989 vintage of this Icewine won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo and put Canada on the global wine map. Delicious creamy peach, candied citrus peel and honey flavours. Delectable with raspberry mousse, pear tart or an assertive cheese such as Gruyère. A little blue goes great with a little sweet! Icewines are beautiful with this cheese.

 Monforte Toscano, produced by Monforte Dairy located in Stratford pasteurized, sheep firm, natural rind, pressed, cooked.

Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015

Price: $12.95. Available at the LCBO. Vintage release March 16th, 2013.

Tasting/info: Medium bodied, fruity, ripe fruit, cherry, bit of spice. Smooth tannins,savory, rich, complex ripasso style – “repassed”literally, adding unpressed skins of Amarone, giving further body, intesity, flavour. Awesome with this cheese reminds us  a bit of peccorino  from Italy. region: Valpoliceela in Veneto, up to 70% corvina grape Classico (original Val zone, superiore min alc 12%

Onto the Wine Ladies withthe biggest sweet tooth, bigger than those Easter Bunnnies! I love cake! And here we have two gorgeous Easter cakes, almost too pretty to cut into…all natural ingredients, handmade Whole foods bakery…

  Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine 2008

Price: $99.95  Available at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Tasting/info: Most people think of icewines being made out of typical white grapes, Vidal and Riesling but here we’d love to share with you an incredible icewine made with Cabernet Franc grapes.Soft crimson in colour, our Cabernet Franc Icewine displays alluring aromas of raspberry and plum with hints of figs. Full bodied, the intense flavours of berries and rhubarb marry with a touch of pepper and spice on the extended silky finish.

Our beautiful wardrobe courtesy of reknowned Canadian Designer Ross Mayer

Canada's 150th Birthday Frisky Beaver winery, winemaker Peter Graham.

Canada’s 150th birthday is plenty reason to pop a cork…with wineries from coast to coast!

Join us Sept 28th for the 2017 Open House at Chateau Le Jardin.

An exclusive invitation for upcoming Brides and Grooms and all folks planning a wedding.This year, Chateau Le Jardin is pulling out all of the stops for our 2017 Great Gatsby themed Open House.

We have vowed to wow offering everything from live entertainment and wine tastings to a new and improved menu that will be sure to impress! Also in attendance will be many vendors, both in-house and new that can help give you an idea of what you need at your upcoming event! Arrive before 8:00 PM and you will be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize!

Looking for further details? Sorry, we’re keeping our surprises hush hush. You’ll just have to come and find out on September 28, 2017!

On today’s radio show we talk about a fantastic event taking place Sept 28th. An Open House, themed after the Great Gatsby over at Chateau Le Jardin, a French style chateau event venue with grand ballrooms, stunning foyers and majestic fireplaces located in Woodbridge, Ontario.

EPISODE 60

Not sure if you remember way back when you got married? Although exciting it was oh so stressful! For most couples it’s the first time that they have planned anything of such a  magnitude! Well this Open House is going to show you how to a plan a fabulous wedding stress free!
That’s right! Chateau Le Jardin has been an amazing event space offering the best in corporate events, holiday parties and weddings. Today we are going to concentrate on the wedding end of things.
Canada's 150th Birthday Frisky Beaver winery, winemaker Peter Graham.

Power Boating Canada Magazine, Toasting Canada’s 150th!

Dairy Farmers of Canada, The Dinner Party

Which one of The Wine Ladies, Georgia or Susanne was recently featured in the national TV commercial The Dinner Party for the Dairy Farmers of Canada?

The Luxury Chocolate Toronto Show with The Wine Ladies. Nov 6th, 2016

The Luxury Chocolate Toronto Show is the place to sample and buy your chocolate for the coming Holiday Season. Each of our participating chocolatiers,  pastry chefs and confectioners are on hand to introduce you to their amazing creations. From bean to bar, from cocao to creation, this is the place to get your ideas for entertaining “chocolate-style” this season.

The Wine Ladies Present the Chocolate + Wine Tasting Salon

Chocolate + Wine pairing tables will be located on the upper pods of Roy Thomson Hall. Having the right wine to complement the right chocolate can be a match made in heaven! Sample wine and chocolate together. Samplings are available by ticket purchase.

What chocolate goes with what wine? Here you can sample wines with the chocolate that tastes best as a pairing with sampling tickets. THE WINE LADIES will be hosting scheduled Wine + Chocolate Pairing sessions throughout the day. Register at the bottom of stairs to pods in the South Lobby.

Some incredible wines will be featured from France, Italy, Chile and Argentina. All paired with BRIX Chocolate, the chocolate designed to pair with wine. These wines will be featured on this page over the next few weeks so stay tuned!!

Must be 19 years of age to enter this section and sample products.

Price per seminar is $15.00 per session and includes, chocolate wine and door prizes! (Does not include entry fee into the show) Buy your ticket the day of the show. Seminar times: 12:00pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00pm and 4:30 pm.

An example of some of the world class, highly esteemed wineries featured in the show include:

With winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt and Export Director Julian Orti of esteemed winery Pascual Toso of Argentina, recognized as one of this countries oldest and prestigious wineries. A stunning tasting of 12 varietals, including Malbecs, Cabernet Sauvignon, red blends and the newly released Barrancas were tasted at the National Club,in Toronto hosted by EuroVintage Wines & Spirits.
This special edition Cabernet Sauvignon and Mabec blend was made to celebrate the wineries 125th anniversary.  Only 125 bottles were produced. A selection of these stunning wines are available through LCBO and Vintages. They are exquisite. The high altitudes, warm temperatures and soils produce fruity, fresh and smooth wines.

 Listen to Julian Orti, Export Director Pascual Toso on The Wine Ladies radio show Episode WL 04-13-2016 at 21:50 minutes in the show.

 

One of Italy’s many claims to fame, is of course their very own sparkling wine, growing in popularity day by day. Not only is it a wine, but it is a place, and it is a grape and there is a bit of confusion out there about this delightful and delicious bubbly and that is Prosecco. There is much more to this bubbly, with an interesting history, than many might know. We are excited to share with everyone at the show a very special winery, located in the Friuli region in northeastern Italy, the wine Castel Pitars winery. Here is a wine producer that dates back to 1510, steeped in tradition, now run by four brothers producing an exciting array of wines, along with their Prosecco, wines of indigenous grapes, international varietals and unique blends. Pitars Wines imported and distributed exclusively by VDF Importers of Fine Wines.

Listen to Nicola Pitaro on The Wine Ladies radio show Episode WL at 05-11-2016

Founded in 1885 by François Rémy, Rémy Pannier is the Loire Valley’s single largest wine producer, accounting for about 15% of all Loire Valley wine production, and with markets in over 40 countries worldwide. This progressive winery offers three AOC wines including the best selling Rosé in Ontario – Rosé D’Anjou, Muscadet and more recently, Sauvignon Blanc. Remy Pannier wines imported by EuroVintage Wines & Spirits.

Listen to the Export Director,Julien Cothenet  of Remy Pannier, a company with its roots firmly planted in the Loire, with a fascinating history, scrumptious story and wines.

Listen to Julien Cothenet on The Wine Ladies radio show Episode WL 04-23-2016 at 8:17 minutes into the radio show.

 

Amazing Race Canada Audition Tape

The Wine Ladies Audition For Amazing Race Canada

Amazing Race Canada Audition

Amazing Race Canada Audition

We auditioned for the show, Amazing Race Canada and got really far in the process.

But alas won’t be there to race to the finish line! Please enjoy our audition tape! We had fun making it! Boo Hoo! Do you think we would have been a ok on the show???

The Amazing Race Canada is a reality television competition series that features teams in a grueling race across Canada and the world. The Race is divided into a series of legs and on each leg; teams strive to reach the Pit Stop where they are greeted by the host, Jon Montgomery. During each leg teams receive destination clues and challenges to complete in order to move onto the next task. The first team to cross the finish line wins $500,000 in cash and prizes. This prize is the largest grand prize ever awarded for a Canadian competition series. Commissioned by CTV, The Amazing Race Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Bell Media and with the support of Profiles Television.

Amazing Race Canada Audition Tape

The Wine Ladies Audition Tape

Hiking and Fitness Adventure Desert Cliffs Fitness Spa in Utah